Testament of a Naked Man

A headline that is not designed to be provocative. Or is it?

“Testament of a Naked Man: A Contemporary Dramatization of the Gospel of Mark.” Was performed by The Rev. Angus Stuart an Anglican Priest at St. Francis-in-the-Wood, West Vancouver, Canada. And “Mark”  at three events at St. Francis by the Sea the weekend of June 12, 13, and 14.

The first event was a one-man (fully clothed by the way) performance of the full Gospel.

Sound II – a sculpture by Antony Gormley; Winchester Cathedral.Photograph by Roger Twigg used with kind permission.

Sound II – a sculpture by Antony Gormley; Winchester Cathedral.Photograph by Roger Twigg used with kind permission.

According to his bio Fr. Stuart “began by telling the story of Christ’s arrest, trial and crucifixion from memory on Palm Sunday in 2007. Then he was inspired to memorize the whole of Mark’s Gospel. The effect is dramatic!”

So, where does the title come from?  The Gospel according to Mark, of course:5732.angus-photo-new

“A certain young man was following him wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.”  Mark 14:51-52

“We are excited to be bringing Rev. Stuart to Blue Hill,” said Rev. Claudia Smith, rector of St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church. “The Gospel of Mark is perfectly written to be acted. This one-man show is an ideal vehicle to communicate the Gospel’s true essence.”

By the time Fr. Stuart arrived here in Blue Hill he had presented this powerful performance more than 50 times across Canada and the US.
You can get a video taste by clicking here.

The performance lasted approximately two hours. There is no intermission, but there were two short musical interludes.

ACT I – Beginning of the Good News (Mark 1:1 – 6:29)

ACT II – Visions of Jesus (Mark 6:30 – 10:31)

ACT III – On the Road (Mark 10:32 – 16:8)

Saturday June 13: For those who wished to go deeper into the Gospel of Mark, Rev. Stuart will facilitate a “quiet day.” “Through hearing portions of the Gospel told as a story, through times of silence and times of conversation we explored both the challenges and the invitations it has for us.

Sunday June 14: Rev. Stuart presented the sermon at both the 8 a.m. (without music) and 10 a.m. (Rite II with music) Sunday morning services at St. Francis.

These events were sponsored by the Spiritual Life and Learning Center at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church in Blue Hill. For more information on the Center and its mission, call Rev. Smith at 374-5200.

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